Community Listings for July 29, 2010

Albion Sidewalk Sale

The Albion Centre, located at 1530 Albion Road (Kipling Avenue between Albion Road and Finch Avenue), is currently hosting a summer sidewalk sale until Sunday, August 1.

On August 1, the Centre will conduct Caribana celebrations in its Centre Court, featuring Calypso, Soca and Chutney dances, and a Caribana costume parade.

For more information, call 416-742-3102 or visit

Island Soul Festival

World Routes Summer Festivals 2010 will present the Island Soul Festival from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2 at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The festival will showcase Caribbean film, music, dance and food. Artistes scheduled to perform include Jamaican roots-reggae singer/activist Queen Ifrica, Ray Cape and the Kaiso All-Stars, The Melodians, and more.

For more information, including complete event listings, visit

Fab 5 In Concert

Jamaican artistes Fab 5 Inc. will perform in concert on Friday, July 30 at 9 p.m. at the New Everest Banquet Hall, Scarborough. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door, and are available at all Nicey’s Food Outlets.

For more information and a complete list of ticket outlets, call 416-801-3566 or 647-385-1256.

Annual Dance

The directors, officers and members of the Malvern Cricket and Social Club Inc. are inviting all to the organization’s Annual Caribana Dance, on Saturday, July 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 10 Sewells Road, (Neilson & Sewells Road), Scarborough. The event will feature door prizes and music by the Phase IV Sound Crew. Admission is $20.

For more information, call 416-289-0866, 647-271-1996, 905-405-1348 or 416-534-2610.

Rock Steady Reunion

“Rock Steady Reunion” will be held on Saturday, July 31 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 14 Highgate Drive, Markham. The event will feature a buffet style dinner, dance and comedy, including a performance by Toronto comedian Jay Martin at 9 p.m. The main event will be a performance by Winston “Merritone” Blake. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.

For more information, call 647-977-4332, 416-666-4435 or 647-244-6779.

Caribbean Food Festival

The first annual Tropical Rhythms Caribbean Food Festival will be held on Sunday, August 1, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ontario Place. The event will feature delicious food and a demonstration by Philman George, aka “The Rhyming Chef”, who infuses a food demonstration with elements of hip-hop culture.

For more information, see ad on page 3, call 416-391-5608, or visit

Caribana Lime

The Caribana Lime will be held on Sunday, August 1 and Monday, August 2 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ontario Place. The event will feature food, song and dance. Over 35 artistes are scheduled to perform, including Steele, Jay Douglas, Macomere Fifi and more. Tickets are $19.50.

For more information, see ad on page 3, call 416-391-5608 or visit

Jamaica Independence

In honour of the 48th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, a flag-raising ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 1 at 1 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square.

At 3 p.m., an independence church service, themed “I Believe in Jamaica” will be held at the Revivaltime Tabernacle, 4340 Dufferin Street, (south of Finch Ave.). Participants include clergy, choirs and gospel singers from several Toronto-based churches. Proceeds will be donated to the Westhaven’s Children’s Home for the Disabled in Hanover, Jamaica.

For more information, contact the Jamaican Consulate General at 416-598-3008.

JAMBANA Festival

The JAMBANA festival will be held on Monday, August 2 from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road. The event will feature fun for the entire family, including seven villages, comedians, food, and performances by renowned artists. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate and $20 for the V.I.P. Village. Children age seven and under will be admitted free.

For more information, see story on page 6, call 905-452-1911, or visit

Revivaltime Tabernacle Caribbean Gospel Music Festival

Revivaltime Tabernacle Worldwide Ministries, located at 4340 Dufferin Street, Downsview, will host the Caribbean Gospel Music Festival on Monday, August 2 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. The event will feature Papa San, Judith Gayle, Carlene Davis and more. Admission is $10 at the gate. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.

For more information, call 416-630-9346.

Jerk Fest

Jerk Fest 2010 will be held on Saturday, August 7 until 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 8 until 9 p.m. at Centennial Park (at the base of ski hills) in Etobicoke. Gates will open at 11 a.m. on both days. The event will feature jerk food, a kids fun zone, live entertainment, prizes and giveaways, including an all-expenses paid trip for two to Jamaica. Admission is free.

For more information, see ad on page 1, call 905-488-5345 or visit

Jamaica Independence Gala Dinner & Dance

The Jamaican Canadian Association will present the 48th Annual Independence Gala Dinner and Dance, on Saturday, August 7 at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road. The event, which is themed “I Believe in Jamaica”, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a VIP cocktail reception at 6 p.m.

It is being held under the patronage of the High Commissioner of Jamaica, Sheila Sealy-Monteith and will have as guest speaker Portia Simpson-Miller, leader of the Opposition People’s National Party and Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister.

For more information, call 416-746-5772 or visit

Caribana Art Exhibit

A Caribana Art Exhibit, titled “From the Soul”, is currently available for public viewing at the Royal Ontario Museum until Friday, August 13. Curated by African Canadian artist and activist Joan Butterfield, the exhibition is produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists. The exhibit features over 160 works by African Canadian artists, including paintings, ceramics, sculptures and parade costumes.

For more information, visit

People of Colour Book Club

The People of Colour Book Group will hold its inaugural meeting on Saturday, July 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Red Lobster, 20 Dundas St. West. The group is comprised of people age 35 and over who enjoy books and films by and about people of colour. The topic of the first meeting is the book, Push, by African-American writer Sapphire. Membership is free.

For more information, visit

MuslimFest 2010

The seventh annual MuslimFest will be held from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, August 1 at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga.

The festival, celebrating the best in Muslin arts and entertainment, will feature fun for the entire family, including over 50 Canadian and international artists, a food bazaar, hands on interactive workshops, theatrical performances, a film festival and a carnival.

For more information, call 1-877-994-3292, or visit

Alzheimer Society Info Session

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto will hold a general information session on Wednesday, August 11, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th floor. All are welcome to attend.

To register for the event, call 416-322-6560 or email:

Anniversary Celebration

The Stewart Memorial Church’s 175th anniversary celebration “Homecoming” Arts 7 Craft Show will be held on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15. The event will be held in the large outdoor parking area adjacent to the church, located at 114 John Street North, Hamilton. Vendors are also needed.

For more information, call 905-522-9755, 905-388-6110. Vendor applications are available at

Scadding Court Summer Day Camp

The Scadding Court Summer Day Camp is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, August 20, at Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC), 707 Dundas Street West. Extended hours are available.

Activities will include cooking, swimming, trips, sports, arts and crafts, gardening, reading and more. The cost is $75 per week plus SCCC membership inside the community catchment area and $85 per week outside the community catchment area. Limited subsidies are available with proof of income.

For more information, call 416-392-0335.

Summer Day Camp

The Congress of Black Women of Canada Mississauga Chapter is currently conducting its fourth annual summer day camp for kids ages 6-12 until Friday, August 20.

The camp, located at Eglinton and Rathkeale, will feature experience counsellors. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, games, reading and arithmetic and a variety of educational activities. Campers will also go on field trips. Weekly and full registration is available. Discounts for early registration as well as multiple children are available.

For more information, call 905-819-8361.

Youth Leaders Program

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough is conducting registration for its “Youth Leaders Program” which is currently being held until Friday, August 27.

The program, held for youth between 14-16 years of age, has four themes: health, civics, world issues and art & technology. The program will include life skills, resume and interviewing techniques, workshops, volunteer hours and placement opportunities, along with guest speakers.

Registration is encouraged as quickly as possible due to limited capacity. The price of the program is $30 per week or $195 for the entire 8 weeks.

For more information, contact Monique Habbib or Doug Daly at 416-281-0262, extension 200, or via email at: or

Visions of Science Contests

Visions of Science Network for Learning and the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its “IMAGINE” sci-fi/fantasy short story and art competition by holding a multicultural short story and art poster contest that’s open to youth from Grades 6-12. Contestants can write about any topic or theme. Submissions must be 1,600 words or less. The art poster contest will be open to students from Grades 9-12. The theme is “The Mask”. The required poster size is 11″ x 17″. First prize is $200, $100 will be awarded to the second prize winner and third prize is $50.

In addition, an IMAGINE poster contest for Grade Five students will be held. Contestants can submit solo entries or team up in groups of up to three people. The theme is “How Alien Organs Work”, and the mandatory poster size is 11″ x 17″. Winners will receive Kisco Freezies popsicles. The deadline for all IMAGINE contests is October, 2010.

For more information, visit for contest rules and regulations.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems.

Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is offering free prenatal classes for women three to six months pregnant, in a series of four evening sessions (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at community locations throughout the city. Partners are welcome.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (Corner of Markham Rd./Finch Ave.)

For more information, call 416-556-5684, or email:

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as Volunteer Driver to help get seniors around.

Please call 416-255-5969 or visit, to volunteer.

African Canadian Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000, or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:

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